‘Blue Birds’ – Cyanotype Triptych on Indian Rag Paper *New dates available!



Create a triptych of British birds using the cyanotype process on round Indian Rag papers. Cyanotype is an alternative photographic printing process, known as a blueprint, developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842 using light-sensitive iron salts which turn blue in sunlight.

You will choose three different bird silhouettes which will be transferred on to the paper and painted with cyanotype solution. You will plan the design of your birds using pressed plants. These will be exposed in sunlight or under a UV lamp (weather dependent) and then will be washed in water to develop the prints.  Once dry you can leave the designs as they are or decide to embellish using metallic and white pens.

In addition, you can create paper cut outs to add to your design. Indian Rag paper is also perfect for machine embroidery or hand stitch if you wish to do this later at home.

Please note the cyanotype process has variable results depending on sun strength, exposure time, type of paper and subject matter, but this is what makes it so interesting. If the sun does not appear, we will use UV light boxes.

Please bring £8 for materials which will include Indian Rag paper, cyanotype solution, vinyl gloves and wear and tear of equipment.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Workshop will be adapted to the level of participants.

Additional information


28th May 2024, 18th Sept 2024


10am -4pm


  • Posca/Gel pens – Metallic/White
  • Paintbrushes, fine and medium, and small jar to wash brushes
  • PVA glue & cocktail stick, glue spreader
  • Intricate leaves & flowers. These will benefit from being pressed under a heavy object for a day or two but this is not essential
  • Wear old clothes or bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothes
  • £8 for materials which will include Indian Rag paper, cyanotype solution, vinyl gloves, wear and tear of equipment.
  • Tutor will bring some plants, glue etc so don’t worry if you forget anything

Artist Bio:

Marion is a nature-based artist, photographer, and tutor from Burnham-on-Crouch. She works with a wide variety of media including cyanotype, photography, pressed plants, printmaking, and glass lampwork and is happiest when experimenting and researching new techniques. She was the artist-in-residence in Epping Forest for a year and has won awards from the Royal Horticultural Society and International Garden Photographer of the Year.


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